Heat wave, grass kindle fire alerts

first_img [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But spring temperatures have soared to record levels, prompting some concern. County firefighters from Station No. 82 were out in La Ca ada Flintridge on Monday inspecting hillside homes and reminding residents to trim and remove brush 200 feet from structures to create a fire buffer zone. Community and resident preparedness helped spare about 2,000 homes during last year’s Topanga Fire, which charred more than 20,000 acres, fire officials have said. In Burbank, where a fire charred 1,100 acres of hillside near the Castaways Restaurant in October, mustard grass already has grown to 3 feet, Burbank Fire Department Capt. Frank Walbert said. In a fire, that type of grass is usually the first to burn, supplying kindling. “We all know brush fire season is coming,” said Glendale Fire Capt. Steve Parrish. “We’ve obviously noticed the heat. When we have rain, we have growth, but we know that growth is going to burn.” Brush fire season formally kicked off Monday in Southern California, where the warmer-than-usual spring is gradually transforming lush green hillsides into tinder boxes. The California Department of Forestry declared brush fire season a few days later than last year, based on weather conditions, the dryness of the brush and fire activity. A similar announcement for local areas will be made Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “This current heat wave is of some concern,” said Inspector Ron Haralson, spokesman for the county Fire Department. “We’ve had a decent rainy season so we know the vegetation growth is there.” Los Angeles has received about 13 inches of rain since July 1, when the latest fiscal year for measuring rainfall began. last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Thomas PringleReduced standards in hygiene as recently reported by HIQA is a direct result of cumulative cuts in the health budget imposed by the current Government, according to Deputy Thomas Pringle.In response to revelations regarding HIQA’s recent report on hygiene standards in Letterkenny General Hospital, the Independent TD for Donegal says ‘cuts in the health budget, understaffing and the moratorium on recruitment has meant hospital staff are stretched to their limit. The reduction in hygiene compliance is a direct symptom of that.’‘We are witnessing a decline in hygiene compliance in most hospitals across the country. What is a pressing concern are the immediate health risks for patients in Letterkenny Hospital as outlined by HIQA. This issue needs immediate attention especially as we approach winter and hospital admissions increase,’ says Pringle. ‘The Government needs to get its priorities right in the area of patient care and staffing in light of the upcoming Budget’, concluded Pringle. HOSPITAL IS VICTIM OF THE SCANDAL OF CUTS, SAYS TD was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

SA moves on low-cost broadband

first_img20 February 2007South Africa will launch a new state-owned company in March that will provide long-distance connectivity to the country’s telecommunications market “on a cost basis,” Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin announced last week.Briefing journalists in Cape Town, Erwin said the new company, Infraco, would not be a full-fledged telecommunications company itself, but would act as a provider of broadband capacity through fibre-optic cables to other operators in the country.It already has an initial agreement with South Africa’s second fixed line telecommunications operator, Neotel.The government has created Infraco by bringing together fibre-optic cable networks originally built by state companies Eskom and Transnet, both shareholders in Neotel. Erwin added that Neotel would “become more active in coming months”.Bringing down telecoms costsThe move forms part of South Africa’s attempts to bring down the costs of telecommunications and internet connectivity in the country.“Broadband is viewed as a key driver of economic growth and wealth generation, and therefore it is essential for South Africa to gain access to universally available, reliable and affordable broadband,” Erwin said.Infraco, he said, would price its broadband supply not for profit maximisation, but rather to ensure affordability. This could be regulated as the costing and pricing of Infraco’s fibre-optic network was under direct government control.“That’s obviously going to create a very important floor, or reference, price in the broadband system” which would have an important role in providing cheaper broadband to all South Africans, the minister said.“We are very confident this will have a major impact on telephony prices.”Complementing SentechErwin also cleared the confusion around the role of state-owned signals provider Sentech stating it will be providing internet connectivity through wireless systems rather than fibre-optic cables.Sentech would also focus on delivering connectivity to the government and wider public sector, including heath and education facilities and municipalities.“These are complementary activities – far from being in competition, they will complement each other and the private sector will continue to play a gigantic role in this area.”In moving to provide mass broadband capacity and services, South Africa was heading in the direction of developed economies that recognised the importance of providing “ubiquitous” – not just universal – access to information and communication technology, Erwin said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

ID, passport applications go electronic

first_img20 August 2009 ‘Live capture, not online applications’ However, Mkhize said applicants should not think they would be able to do the process on their own. Source: BuaNews Population register Live capturing ensured that details were immediately verified from the local office instead of going via head office, reducing waiting time by three to five days, he said. “That is why it’s called live-capture. Officials will capture all your information, including verification of fingerprints, digital signatures, and it’s quicker than manual capturing,” he said. “By Friday last week, the system had been implemented in at least 20 of our offices, and officials in these offices have changed from the manual way of doing things to electronic processing,” the department’s Vusi Mkhize told BuaNews on Tuesday.center_img The department will shortly launch a campaign, which will run until 2011, under which every child under 14 without a birth certificate will be registered, ensuring that children are captured in South Africa’s population register before they apply for an ID. The department wants to ensure that the number of offices with live-capture workstations, valued at between R220 000 and R250 000, is increased dramatically before the end of the year. For security reasons, he said, people would not be able to apply for IDs on the internet. The Department of Home Affairs says its one step closer to implementing its new electronic system for South Africa’s identity documents, after the process proved to be a success for passports. The system has the capacity to capture information for both IDs and passports. He said once all the necessary information technology requirements had been met, the department planned to roll out the system to all Home Affairs offices in the country.last_img read more

Jeweller Kevin Friedman gilds the ordinary

first_imgKevin Friedman will be appearing in the next episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday, 31 August at 9pm on SABC2. Kevin Friedman’s jewellery has been showcased in prestigious magazines around the world. (Image: Kevin Friedman) • Kevin Friedman +27 11 483 2620 [email protected] • Jewellery to disarm Africa • Turning jobless into jewellers • Mintek produces African jewelleryLucille DavieHis jewellery has been worn by actress Charlize Theron, and has been showcased on the international market at $16-million.Jewellery designer Kevin Friedman produces one-of-a-kind pieces that have won him awards. The necklace worn by Theron was showcased at the 2000 Paris Fashion Week. The piece, a 4.18 carat emerald-cut diamond with 684 smaller diamonds, won him the De Beers Diamond International Award.His Ponahalo necklace, created for the Geneva-based Steinmetz group, is composed of a 316.15 carat diamond which was cut into five stones, and together with glass beads and 276 safety pins, was made into a Marie Antoinette-style necklace. The diamond was found at the De Beers Venetia mine in 2005, and was given the name Ponahalo, a Sotho word for “vision”, as the mine is in Limpopo Province where Sotho is spoken. The beads and safety pins are items that the Venda people in Limpopo use in religious rituals.The necklace was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and auctioned at the Monaco Grand Prix in the same year. This necklace and other jewellery items of Friedman’s were featured in the US magazine LuxLife in 2008. He indicates that his items range in price from £1 to £20-million.This global South African trained as a fine artist, and now describes himself as a “jewellery artist”. For him if an item “has beauty it deserves to exist”. So, if it’s a tin can which he covers in beads, or a diamond, it has aesthetic and equal value, he states.His pieces have featured in the US luxury speciality store Neiman Marcus, in luxury American home furnishings and home décor retailer Gumps of San Francisco, and Woman’s Day magazine. He has also created a line of beadwork Christmas decorations for the Designers’ Guild in London, as well as a line of pewter and wood desktop items for Tiffany & Co in New York.Friedman uses found objects to create jewellery too. In 2010 he created his iRibbit collection for the iStore in Sandton, Johannesburg. Using Apple keyboard parts he created earrings and cufflinks. He combines the computer bits with precious metals and stones – the result is a rosary cut-out of motherboards, a neckpiece made from iPod earphone pieces, and a candle holder for Hannukah.“Kevin is a renaissance man who draws on the world around him for inspiration and creativity,” indicates Frankliwild.com, the studio, and online store, specialising in African-themed jewellery and home and office décor, from which Friedman works and exhibits.He makes custom-designed pieces for corporate and private clients internationally, with a focus on clients in the US. His popular and award-winning Ndebele tree topper has appeared on eight re-issues of South African stamps.Friedman is a seventh-generation jewellery maker. His grandfather Jack Friedman – originally from Riga in Latvia – set up a jewellery manufacturing factory in Johannesburg in 1934. He was a founding member of the South African Jewellery Council and he and his brother Frank were apparently influential in developing the South African jewellery industry. Frank won awards from the Gold Council and the Chamber of Mines.“Kevin says that his father was particularly encouraging during the course of his career, allowing him to experiment and to push the envelope, while teaching him that education is the starting point of strength,” records Frankliwild.comFriedman believes women who are confident wear his pieces, “because the pieces are very strong and they do draw attention”.“I work in thought processes rather than collections, so every day is a new collection,” he said at the 2012 London Fashion Week.He has just produced a new range of jewellery, coming out of a recent trip to Cuba. He has changed his colour palette from bold African primaries to lighter greens, yellows, blues and pinks to “convey a sway of colour and light”.“There is a sense of musicality in the necklaces which are intended to mould sensually to the body, yet dance with it,” he indicates. He has used flowers, shells, beads and long strands of brightly coloured cloth, and even a miniature dice on one necklace, “a throwback to Havana’s wicked gambling past”.“My style has revealed a different kind of boldness. It is gentler but still bold, in a different way.”last_img read more

Court orders teenager to donate Quran over offensive Facebook post

first_imgA 19-year-old woman, who was recently arrested for sharing an offensive social media post targeting Muslims, has been granted bail by a local court here on the condition that she donate five copies of the Quran to separate institutions in the city.The court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Manish Kumar Singh, after granting the conditional bail on Monday, asked Richa Bharti to submit one copy of the holy book to the local Anjuman Committee in the presence of police authorities, and four more copies to different libraries in the city, her advocate Rampravesh Singh told PTI.The magistrate has also sought the receipt or the acknowledgment of the donation within a fortnight, he said.Md Jamil Khan, a member of the Anjuman Committee, said it has welcomed the court verdict.“The committee, which looks after the health, education and welfare of the local people, has accepted the verdict whole-heartedly. The woman has been asked to donate copies of the Quran to the committee as well as school and college libraries,” he said.Superintendent of Police (rural) Asutosh Sekhar, when contacted, said the officers were studying the court order to understand the stipulations.Ms. Bharti, a B.Com student at a local college, was arrested on July 12 after the Anjuman Committee filed a complaint against her at Pithora Police Station for sharing an objectionable post on Facebook, which reportedly hurt religious sentiments.“We moved a petition in the court praying for bail. Yesterday, we got conditional bail with the ruling that she should donate one copy of the Quran Sharif to Anjuman Committee at Pithoria and four more to different libraries in the city,” the girl’s counsel said.The judge has also directed the investigating officer in the case to be present when Ms. Bharti donates the holy book to the committee, he added.Ms. Bharti’s parents, Prakash and Nilam Devi, said they were happy to have their daughter back.last_img read more

Giannis’ Double-Double Leads Bucks Past Rockets, 108-94

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks’ guard turned in one his best all-around performances of the season as the Bucks pulled away for a 108-94 victory on Tuesday night.Bledsoe poured in 23 points, including 16 in a decisive third quarter, and tightly guarded Harden for most of the game.“I just try to play to my strengths,” Bledsoe said.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer praised Bledsoe’s all-around performance.“To do what he did on both ends of the court, pretty special,” Budenholzer said. “I think he loves that challenge. I think he’s an incredible defender.”Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 56-19.Houston Rockets’ Gary Clark and Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul had 19 for Houston, which lost for just the third time in 17 games. Harden shot just 9 of 26, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range with Bledsoe closely guarding him throughout most of the game.“We had our open shots. We couldn’t know them down,” Harden said. “We competed but they went on a run in that third quarter and that was it.”After a tightly contested first half, the Bucks grabbed control in the third, sparked by Bledsoe’s clutch shooting. Leading by five at halftime, Milwaukee built a 19-point lead in the third. Bledsoe went 4 of 5 on 3-pointers in the period after missing his only two attempts in the first half. His third-quarter output, which included a single-handed 11-0 run, nearly matched the 18 points scored by Houston.“Everybody got energy out of that and we played even harder,” Antetokounmpo said.Milwaukee held the Rockets at bay for most of the final quarter, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout before clearing the bench with about a minute left.The Rockets jumped out early, building a 10-point first-quarter lead without Harden doing the bulk of the scoring. Danuel House Jr. paced Houston with nine points in the period, making all three of his 3-point attempts. The Bucks struggled in the opening period, shooting just 8 of 25, including 3 for 13 from deep. Khris Middleton missed all six of his shots in the first quarter.Milwaukee fought back in the second and eventually grabbed the lead. A key sequence came midway through the quarter when, after a basket by Ersan Ilyasova, Bledsoe stole the inbounds pass, scored and then stood face-to-face with Harden under the basket as the crowd roared.Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown shoots past Houston Rockets’ Danuel House Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Bucks led 58-53 at the break, paced by Antetokounmpo’s 13 points and eight rebounds.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni blamed an uncharacteristic rash of turnovers in the second quarter for allowing the Bucks to grab the lead.“We got sloppy,” D’Antoni said. “We turned the ball over four times in transition, errant passes that they capitalized on.”INJURY BUGThe Bucks have been beset with injuries that have altered their lineup. When starting guard Malcolm Brogdon went down with a partial plantar fascia tear earlier this month, Budenholzer replaced him with Nikola Mirotic, who then injured his left thumb and likely is sidelined for the rest of the regular season. Tony Snell, who stepped in for Mirotic, is out with a sprained ankle. Sterling Brown, who sat out 13 games with right wrist soreness before returning to the lineup last week, started against the Rockets. And now, rookie Donte DiVincenzo is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs due to heel bursitis that has forced him to miss 28 games. DiVincenzo, the 17th overall pick in the draft, is expected to get an injection to address the problem.TIP-INSRockets: Gordon started despite dealing with an injured right ankle sustained Sunday. … F/C Kenneth Faried sat out with a sore left knee. … G/F Gerald Green is expected to be out for seven to 10 days with a strained adductor.Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis), C Pau Gasol (left ankle soreness) remained out, along with Mirotic and Brogdon.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.Bucks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.___By RICH ROVITO Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PUBG LITE is up for registration in India: What is it, how to download and everything else you need to know

first_imgThere’s no denying that PUBG is one of the best online shooting games you can play these days – whether its the mobile or the PC version. The idea of a hardcore battle royale game that invites smart skills to survive and win among a group of 100 players is simply an unbeatable proposition for gamers. So far, in order to play PUBG, players had to either resort to the watered-down version on mobile devices or opt for the PC version that requires an expensive gaming-spec laptop. Not anymore though as soon you may be able to play PUBG on any laptop with low-end specifications.Last year, the PUBG team introduced a lighter version of the game by the name of PUBG LITE. The idea behind PUBG LITE is to offer the full PUBG experience to players on low-end laptops. In order to do that, PUBG LITE get optimised graphics and gameplay features to make it work on basic laptops with no graphics card or higher RAM capacity. To make it more accessible, the game will be available for free to everyone.For a long while, the game has been available in beta in a few Southeast Asian countries and there has always a been arising demand for this game in countries such as India where PUBG is the current trend. Complying with the demands, the PUBG LITE team is extending the PUBG LITE beta program to India. The registration for the game has been opened up and interested players will be able to register until July 3.advertisementAlthough the registration has begun for the game, it’s isn’t yet available for download – the first few players will get the invite to download the game soon. Over the course of time, PUBG LITE beta will be rolled out to everyone who registered for the beta.Interested players can log into PUBG LITE’s website and create an account for free. If you already have an account registered with PUBG, all you need to do is log in. Once logged in, users will need to click on the ‘Participate in Event’ button, following which the website asks the players to link the account with existing accounts on Steam, Xbox and PS4.For those players who will be opting to register for the beta, the PUBG team will be giving several in-game prizes. The Tiger M46 and the Çheetah parachute are on offer for everyone. For 100k registrations, PUBG will award Black Scarf, Punk Glasses and Bloody Combat Pants. Upon crossing the 200k registrations, players will be given Gold PUBG scarf, Striped Long-Sleeved Shirt and Red Sports Top. All these rewards will be given in-game via codes that will be mailed to the players.PUBG LITE has very minimum system requirements. All players require to play PUBG LITE has a computer that at least has an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 4GB HDD space and at least Intel HD Graphics 4000. Better results can be achieved with a dedicated GPU and a Core i5 processor.ALSO READ | PUBG LITE Beta registration begins in India: Early access, exclusive weapons, parachutes and more on offerlast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for August, with International news taking up some of this week’s talk, there’s also plenty of news on merchandise sales and what’s happening with the National 18 Years Championships, plus heaps more… * The 2005 South Pacific Island Nations (SPIN) tournament has been dominated by Fiji who grabbed the title in all divisions on offer. For all the info and reports check out the following website: SPIN TOURNAMENT WEBSITE * The stocktake sale is getting bigger with the latest offer perfect for junior or social teams chasing a cheap uniform. Check out the following article for the deal DEAL ON UNIFORMS FOR TEAMS which includes various t-shirts at $5 each and 2 free shirts for each team you purchase for. * For all the other great stocktake sale deals visit www.myclubtouch.com.au and then click on shop. You can either register online and purchase or email your orders and credit card or payment details to Casey at [email protected] * The NSW Touch Association 2005 City versus Country Tournament will be contested at Harker Oval New Lambton (Newcastle) on the 2nd (Friday) & 3rd (Saturday) of September. For more info check out www.nswtouch.com.au * The Northern Eagles are doing big things for the development of their region, with representative Touch being revitalised through several inter-affiliate competitions at Narrabri, Ballina and Port Macquarie. For more info check out NORTHERN EAGLES WEBSITE The Northern Eagles website is one of the most frequently updated websites and always has the latest news and events in Touch for their region and Australia. Congratulations to the Northern Eagles workforce who keep their players so well informed. * If you’re interested in the Game Development area of our sport, there are currently two vacancies for Game Development Officers in Victoria. Please check out www.victouch.com.au for all of the application details. * Australian Touch Association is now Touch Football Australia (as it is slowly making its way into our vocabulary.) Please be patient with us when we answer the phone, it’s hard to break habits and answer the phone with the new name when you’re so used to answering a certain way. * ACT Touch have announced their junior representative teams, check out www.acttouch.com.au and congratulations to all selected, good luck at your upcoming events. * Preparations are well underway for the upcoming National 18 Years Championships. The draft draw is not far off being released and I’m working in a short Opening Ceremony for all of the teams, which will also be combined with a send-off for the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations tournament in October. * In other National 18’s news the referees nominations have also been above and beyond normal expectations, in excess of 60 nominations already it looks as though the referees are going to be at their strongest come competition time. * Sides have been selected and announced on various websites, with the defending champions QSST set to be strong again, although traditional rivals NSWCHS will also be tough to beat. My tip however is that there are several danger sides to keep your eyes out for…in the Mens Competition it’s the Southern Suns and Northern Eagles, with many players returning from their grand final appearance at the NTL Mens 20’s division. The South Queensland Sharks also look like they will be strong in both divisions and the ACT Women have been on the improve over the last few years at Under 18 level. There’s certainly going to be some extremely tough competition at this year’s National 18’s Championships. * Having taken over merchandise from Gwynne for this year’s National 18’s Championships, I’m promising you that there will be some great deals on offer. We’ve got stacks of old shirts and other gear that will be sold at extremely cheap sale rates. There will also be plenty of new gear up for grabs, so make sure you drop in and visit the merchandise shop this year. (Although if the stocktake sale keeps going the way it is, there won’t be too much left.) If you’re interested in the stocktake sale check out www.myclubtouch.com.au and then click on `Shop’ to view all the bargains. * What’s happening in Coaching in Western Australia? Check out http://www.touchwest.com./coaches/index.html where you’ll find all the latest info, including the need for Mens and Womens Open coaches in Fremantle Touch. * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk (August edition, Issue 5) has been released this week. Check out the website. It’s got some more great stories on a couple of our All Nations representatives, as well as coaching drills, referee signal of the month, the Volunteers of the Month for August and a profile on one of our National Technical Panel. * Remember, if you need any assistance with getting some media coverage for your National 18 Years side or your All Nations representatives then contact [email protected] Also, if you have any items of interest for the regular Sixty Seconds in Touch article, please also send those to the above address. * Finally, keep the nominations for Volunteer of the Month rolling in. It’s a great chance to recognise someone who Volunteers at your local association. Simply send a few details on what they do and a way we can contact them to [email protected] or [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img